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Rose Parade Puts Flowers in Spotlight

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In its annual celebration of all things floral, the 122nd Rose Parade shined the spotlight on an amazing bouquet of beautiful flowers and unusual plant materials from every corner of the globe. Along with a flotilla of bands, flag-waving color guards and historically garbed riders on horseback, a total of 47 floats rolled down the parade route, enthralling audiences in Pasadena and on television with one stunning floral display after another.

Rose Parade floats are works of art painted with flowers. Required to cover every square inch of the float with flowers or natural botanical materials, float designers spend the 12 months before each parade designing the intricate floral mosaics that will cover each incredible structure on the float, including the amazing moving elements that always delight parade crowds.

As assembly crews gather, a wealth of flowers, seeds, bark, grasses, moss and exotic botanicals from around the world arrive by plane and truck. Hundreds of thousands of flowers are used whole; others are stripped so their blooms, stems and leaves can be used separately. Although a few of the flowers and plant elements used on Rose Parade floats are selected for their exotic cachet, most are chosen for their color and durability.

Ten American garden favorites have become the mainstays of the Rose Parade. Their beauty, color and proven ability to survive under difficult conditions have made them the top choices of Rose Parade float designers. Prized by American gardeners for the same reasons, the Rose Parade Top 10 are:

  1. Rose
  2. Strawflower
  3. Gladiolus
  4. Tulip
  5. Marigold
  6. Orchid
  7. Iris
  8. Chrysanthemum
  9. Carnation
  10. Statice

For brilliant color, beauty and durability, these 10 flowers are acknowledged stars. Watch for them this spring at your local garden center and bring a touch of the Rose Parade to your garden.